Rep. VanderWall: Northern Michigan projects benefit from new budget plan

LANSING — Rep. Curt VanderWall today said a new plan signed into law will benefit important projects in Leelanau and Manistee counties.

“Each of these projects will make a unique contribution to northwest Michigan – fueling our economy, improving tourism and recreation opportunities, or making travel easier,” said VanderWall, R-Ludington. “I’m proud to play a role in bringing home support for these outstanding initiatives.”

The bill signed by Gov. Rick Snyder assists several projects including:

• Discovery Center pier improvements. The measure provides $2 million for the pier project in Leelanau County’s Elmwood Township, which includes campuses for several nonprofit organizations including the Inland Seas Education Association, Maritime Heritage Alliance, Great Lakes Children’s Museum, Traverse Area Community Sailing, and Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay;

• M-55 detour improvement in Manistee County. The measure provides $300,000 to help create an alternative detour needed because of ongoing improvements to Cooley Bridget (M-55 bridge) over the Pine River east of Wellston. The new detour will provide better access to the village of Wellston and the surrounding area; and

• Leelanau TART Trail. A Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails project will receive $162,000 for capital improvements to the 17-mile, paved off-road connection between Traverse City and Suttons Bay.

The legislation is Senate Bill 601.

 

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